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Chris Lieto sixth in Hawaii triathlon

October 11, 2010

Chris Lieto

Mammoth's Chris Lieto was turned back in his bid to win the grueling the 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship on Saturday in Hawaii.

After leading through much of the bicycle ride, Lieto had opened a 4-minute lead before finishing sixth.

Australia's Chris McCormack rallied with a strong marathon run to win the race.

McCormack, known as Macca, was 11 minutes behind leader Torbjorn Sindballe of Denmark at the end of the 112-mile bicycle ride. But the Australian's fast run moved him to the front at the 15-mile mark of the 26.2-mile run.

His total time was 8 hours, 15 minutes, 34 seconds.

Sindballe narrowed the lead on Lieto to 1:50 by the 85-mile mark and passed him just after 90 miles. Lieto, who passed Sindballe and retook the lead early in the run, fell back again for a sixth-place finish

Craig Alexander, also of Australia, finished second in 8:19:04, followed by Sindballe in 8:21:30, two-time winner Tim DeBoom of Boulder, Colo., in 8:22:23, and Marino Vanhoenacker of Belgium in 8:23:31.

Chrissie Wellington of Britain won the women's race in 9:10:00. She took the lead late in the bicycle ride and was in front throughout the run. Her victory came less than two months after she won the Ironman race in South Korea..

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